Get Smart about the Materials Used in Your Baby’s Diaper
As a mom, you know the most important thing about a diaper is that it helps you keep your baby dry and comfortable. But, you may wonder about how the diaper is constructed and the materials that are used to make this every day product so reliable.
Pampers are Designed with Babies in Mind
Disposable diapers have come a long way since 1961 when Victor Mills, a P&G chemical engineer, first created a disposable diaper to help him better care for his own grandson. Since then, moms have come to rely on them as a trusted go-to product.
The Anatomy of a Diaper
Pampers diapers are made from soft, breathable materials that move with your baby as he plays and sleeps each day. Modern disposable diapers have a layered construction, which allows the transfer and distribution of liquid away from the baby to an absorbent core where the liquid is locked away from baby to help keep him comfortable and dry.
How They Work
Did you know? Over the years, with the introduction of superabsorbers, the incidence and severity of diaper rash has decreased significantly, which helps increase baby’s comfort and helps keep baby’s soft skin healthy.
Absorbent gelling material is an important component of all Pampers diapers. Often referred to as a “superabsorber,” it is used in the core of Pampers diapers to absorb wetness and keep your baby dry.
The superabsorbent material, also known as polyacrylate absorbents, is part of a family of polymers that have extraordinary absorbency. These materials have been widely used since the 1980s in a variety of consumer products including diapers, feminine hygiene products and food packaging.
Superabsorbent polymer is used in the diaper to help trap wetness away from baby's skin. Superabsorbent diapers offer significant skin health benefits; by trapping wetness away from baby's skin, they help keep the skin drier and healthier. This material traps the liquid into a gel locking it away from baby’s skin.
When added to Pampers diapers, the superabsorber is dry and granular, but forms a gel as it absorbs liquid. In fact, it can retain up to 30 times its weight in liquid, locking it away to help prevent re-wetting and help keep babies drier.
What if the gel touches my baby’s skin?
Occasionally, you may see small beads of gel that escape from the diaper or on baby’s skin, but the gel is non-toxic and will not harm the baby. Gel that appears on the skin can easily be removed by wiping your baby’s skin.
Is the gel safe in my baby’s diaper?
Like all materials and ingredients in our diapers, Pampers conducts tests to evaluate the safety of this component – adding to the large body of evidence that shows the safety of this gel for baby’s skin.
Across the industry, the safety of superabsorbent material has been proven in more than 400 consumer safety tests studying every way a person could come in contact with it – through skin contact or accidental ingestion by babies or pets. Each study has consistently demonstrated the safety of this material.
The Colors In Pampers Diapers
Some Pampers diapers have colors in order to give the diaper a more clothing-like appearance.
Pampers uses pigments in our diapers, not dyes, because some dyes can cause allergy. The pigments we use are non-allergenic and skin safe. They are also commonly used in consumer products, contact lenses and food packaging.
In addition,all of our colorants have been tested for safety,proven safe for infants and children and follow strict regulations regarding color use in consumer products.
Why do you put colorants inside the diaper?
Parents have told us they enjoy using diapers with a more clothing-like experience, that includes use of baby appropriate colors such as soft blue, teal and lavender found on the inside of many Pampers diapers.
Do you sell any diapers without color inside?
Pampers Swaddlers diapers are white on the interior of the diaper.
Pampers Diapers and Fragrance
We’ve asked parents all around the world which products they prefer for their babies and research shows that parents, prefer diapers with a soft, baby-fresh scent. The perfumes are used at a very low level in each diaper and have been carefully selected and evaluated to be non-irritating to the skin, nor cause skin allergy or sensitization.
Pampers powder-fresh scent has been proven safe for use on baby’s skin and uses fragrance raw materials which have passed all IFRA (International Fragrance Association) safety standards. The perfumes are used at a very low level in each diaper and have been carefully selected and evaluated to be non-irritating to the skin, nor cause skin allergy or sensitization.
Scented Diapers and Diaper Rash
According to our clinical research, there is no increased risk for inducing diaper rash for babies using scented diapers compared to unscented diapers. Years of research supported by safety scientists and market experience have affirmed the safety profile of the scent and confirmed that it is non-allergenic, non-irritating and does not cause diaper rash.
At Pampers, we care about your little one and all of the ingredients and materials in our diapers are designed to keep your baby dry, happy and, most importantly, safe.
Why do you add fragrance to Pampers Diapers?
Parents have told us that they prefer diapers with a soft, baby-fresh scent over unscented diapers.
Are the substances included in diaper fragrance safe for my baby?
All perfumes in Pampers diapers are extensively evaluated for safety by their manufacturers, followed by an independent safety evaluation by Procter & Gamble. Clinical studies have also proved the perfume safety level. And years of in-market use by thousands of babies have shown that fragrances in Pamper diapers are safe for your baby.
There's nothing more important to us than your baby. That's why you can absolutely count on us to provide you with safe, high quality products to help you protect and care for your child. As always, feel free to contact us, if you have any questions, comments or ideas.